The arts & entertainment scene features a thrilling week in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, Feb.19-25, including:
Folly Theater is featuring the Brentano String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Presented by the Friends of Chamber Music, “…the Brentano Quartet…must be one of the great musical hopes of a field overcrowded with contenders…The [players] made every utterance sing and every phrase connect within the total.” — Los Angeles Times
Hallmark Visitors Center presents Pop Art – Then & Now, a free exhibit that features artists who were key figures in the 1960s, along with artists who were influenced by them, including works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring. The exhibit opens on Monday and runs through June 16.
KC Public Library will feature the popular exhibit Cattle, Cowboys and Culture for one more month. It explores a time, roughly a century and a half ago, as trains hauling cattle and cowboys brought the real west from Amarillo, Texas, to Kansas City. Return trips carried a trove of materials to Amarillo – canned and dry goods, chemicals, furniture, and fashionable clothing – and Kansas City’s influence there ultimately extended to banking, education, architecture, and art. The exhibit continues through March 18 at the Central Library.
KC Tornados – the newest professional sports franchise in Kansas City will be at home for three big match-ups this week, including the Nevada Desert Dogs at 7 p.m. Thursday; the Albany Patroons at 7 p.m. Friday; and the Nevada Desert Dogs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Municipal Arena.
- Sounds Relaxing – A soothing evening of meditation and music by the Kansas City Symphony at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall
- A Century of Bernstein -featuring musical selections from Bernstein, Prokofiev and Schumann – performed by the Kansas City Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
The Midland will feature two hot tickets this week, including: A Day to Remember with Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse, and The Devil Wears Prada at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and country singer-songwriter Lee Brice at 8 p.m. Friday.
Sprint Center will be rockin’ on back-to-back nights this weekend. with two shows that, well, couldn’t be more different, including:
- TobyMac – featuring a star-studded lineup, including Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson, Finding Favour and Aaron Cole – will kickoff the weekend with his Hits Deep Tour at 7 p.m. Friday.
- Harlem Globetrotters – A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Stanfords Comedy Club brings the laughs to Downtown from its new location at 831 Walnut. Comedian Sean Brennan will headline an 18 & older show this week – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And, Open Mic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For ticket information, visit Stanfords.
The Truman will be rocking this week with five HUGE shows in five nights, featuring Brockhampton in a sold-out performance at 9 p.m. Wednesday; Sabaton & Kreator with Cyhra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; LP with Noah Kahtan at 8:30 p.m. Friday; New Politics with Dreamers and The Wrecks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Lotus at 8 p.m. Sunday.
WWI Museum – John Singer Sargent’s incredible masterpiece Gassed is truly one of the giants of the art world at more than nine feet tall by 21 feet long. The landmark painting is the focal point in this special centennial exhibition – that goes on exhibition in the Wylie Gallery beginning Friday – that also includes reproductions of many of his study drawings and historical and contemporary objects on detection and protection from chemical warfare.
ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events. ArtsKCGo.com is a service of ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com